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Navy Blues (1929)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama | 20 December 1929 (USA)
On shore leave, a young sailor meets and falls in love with a pretty young blonde. He goes home with her to meet her parents, but they don't approve of him at all. Their daughter takes ... See full summary »


Clarence Brown


Raymond L. Schrock (story), Dale Van Every (adapted by) | 3 more credits »

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Complete credited cast:
William Haines ... Kelly
Anita Page ... Alice
Karl Dane ... Sven Swanson
J.C. Nugent J.C. Nugent ... Mr. Brown
Edythe Chapman ... Mrs. Brown
Wade Boteler ... Higgins
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Frankie Genardi Frankie Genardi


On shore leave, a young sailor meets and falls in love with a pretty young blonde. He goes home with her to meet her parents, but they don't approve of him at all. Their daughter takes offense at this, and in the ensuing argument she storms out of the house determined to live on her own. She believes that her new boyfriend will marry her, but when he admits that he's not the marrying kind and then goes back to sea, she feels hurt and rejected and her life goes into a downward spiral. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Comedy | Drama


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Release Date:

20 December 1929 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Corazón de marino See more »

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Technical Specs


| (Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


This was the first all-talking picture William Haines starred in. He had previously starred in MGM's first talkie, a silent film with talking sequences, in 1928 and had appeared in MGM's 1929 all-star revue. See more »

Alternate Versions

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer also release this movie as a silent with film length 1,888.24 m. See more »


Sailing, Sailing (Over the Bounding Main)
(1880) (uncredited)
Written by Godfrey Marks
(pseudonym of James Frederick Swift)
Sung a cappella by J.C. Nugent
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Terrific William Haines
3 November 2007 | by drednmSee all my reviews

After the success of the silent film SPEEDWAY in 1929, William Haines made his starring talkie debut in NAVY BLUES with Anita Page, who was fresh from her success in THE Broadway MELODY.

Haines plays a sailor on leave on who Page at a local dance. They have a whirlwind romance but his brash personality alienates her family and she is thrown out of the house. Haines takes her to a boarding house; she expects him to marry her but he abandons her and goes back to sea. After a few months he gets leave and goes looking for her, knowing he made a huge mistake. She's working as a dance hall girl (read prostitute), but he finds her and rescues her. Happy ending.

Haines is terrific here, a natural comic with his silly-billy antics. He loses none of his charm transferring from silents to talkies. And when the moment calls for dramatics, he's ready. Haines was a huge star in his day and NAVY BLUES was a solid hit for him.

Co-stars include Karl Dane in one of his best talkies roles, Edythe Chapman, J.C. Nugent, Jack Pennick, Wade Boteler, and Richard Tucker.

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